Could this be Mack Brown's Final Year?

After spending years as one of the nation's dominant coaches, Mack Brown has had three disappointing seasons in a row. TSD's Eric Oslund wonders if Brown can lead his team to national prominence again.

Since Mack Brown took over as Texas' head coach in 1998 he has been one of the most successful and well-known coaches across America. He has led Texas to become one of the nation's powerhouses and to a national championship. In 2005 Brown guided the Vince Young-led Longhorns to a 13-0 record and a national title. He was also named as the coach of the year that same season.

In the past three seasons, however, Texas has experienced disappointment to say the least. In 2010 the ‘Horns finished with a 5-7 record, which was the worst record in Brown's tenure at Texas. The next two seasons were better, but still disappointing recording at 8-5 in 2011 and a 9-4 record in 2012.

In 2013, however, Texas is primed to make a return toward the top of the pack. They bring back a nation-high 19 starters, which includes their entire offensive line, and nine defensive starters. They also have a plethora of talent, as their senior class was the third rated recruiting class in 2010, their juniors were the third rated in 2011, and their sophomores were rated as the number one recruiting class in 2012, according to

With a favorable non-conference schedule featuring teams such as New Mexico, Ole Miss and BYU, 2013 will be a great opportunity for Texas to make a run at a Big-12 Championship and national prominence.

If this happens, there is a possibility that Brown, who will be 62 this season, will retire. Everybody wants to go out on top and after being on top for so long, it will be hard for Brown to retire after such disappointing seasons without correcting it. He has a 150-43 record at Texas, a 236-117-1 record overall, and a 10-4 record in bowl games.

Brown's teams once spent 162 weeks in the AP poll, and recorded 20 consecutive winning seasons. After having three frustraing seasons, Brown (and Texas) is ready for a return to prominence, and that could possibly be the perfect time for the legendary coach to step aside.

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